How long will my appointment take?
At InVision we provide a thorough medical and vision assessment. A comprehensive examination takes on average 25-45 minutes. The length of the exam is determined by your particular eye condition and the amount of time it takes to effectively communicate the findings of your examination. Additional time will be needed if special testing, contact lens instruction, or selection of eye wear is necessary.
What is dilation?
Dilation of your eyes is often necessary
to thoroughly assess your eye health. Drops are placed in your
eyes to open your pupil and allow the doctor to see the inside
of your eye better.
How long does dilation last?
The drops take 10-20 minutes to take effect and the retinal exam is usually about 15 minutes. It will be more difficult to focus on near activities. Your vision typically returns to normal after several hours.
Can I drive after?
We recommend bringing someone to drive you
afterward. The enlargement of your pupil increases your light
sensitivity which can be improved with sunglasses. It will be
more difficult to focus on near activities.
How often should children have their eyes
|| At risk
|Birth- 2 years
||At 6 months
|2 - 5 years
||At 3 years
|6 - 18
||Every 2 years
|Children considered to be at
risk for the development of eye and vision problems may need additional
testing or more frequent re-evaluation. Factors placing an infant,
toddler, or child at significant risk for visual impairment include:
• Prematurity, low birth weight, oxygen at birth, grade III or IV
• Family history of retinoblastoma,
congenital cataracts, or metabolic or genetic disease
• Infection of
mother during pregnancy (e.g., rubella, toxoplasmosis, venereal disease,
herpes, cytomegalovirus, or AIDS)
• Difficult or assisted labor,
which may be associated with fetal distress or low Apgar scores
High refractive error
or suspected central nervous system dysfunction evidenced by
developmental delay, cerebral palsy, dysmorphic features, seizures, or
How often should adults have their eyes checked?
|| At risk
|61 and up
|2 - 5 years
||At 3 years
|6 - 18
||Every 2 years
|Patients at risk include those:
• with diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of ocular disease
(e.g., glaucoma, macular degeneration)
• working in occupations that
are highly demanding visually or eye hazardous
• taking prescription
or nonprescription drugs with ocular side effects
• wearing contact
• who have had eye surgery
What should I bring to my appointment?
• Medical insurance card and/or vision insurance
• Name of vision insurance carrier and vision insurance
(If you have one, there often isn't one provided.)
• List of current medications and supplements
• Current glasses and contact lenses (boxes are helpful)
Am I a candidate for contact lenses?
If you are interested in contact lenses it
is helpful to mention this when making your appointment as
additional measurements may be required during your exam. The
doctor will discuss your needs and expectations with you and
use that information with your prescription to determine if
contact lenses will meet your needs.
If you decide to try contact lenses you will work with a
technician to learn how to care for and wear them. The doctor
will assess you vision and make sure they fit properly. When
you are new to contact lenses or make a significant change to
your prescription a follow up appointment may be necessary to
make sure the lenses are right for you.
What is a refraction?
The refraction is the portion of the exam
where the doctor determines your prescription
(nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism). These numbers
are the starting point for creating a glasses or contact lens
Does my insurance cover refractions?
A refraction is often covered by vision
insurance plans. It is rarely covered by medical insurance
plans, such as Medicare, as they consider this routine eye
care and not a medical service. As always, it is recommended
that you review your plan benefits with your carrier.
What is a contact lens fitting?
A contact lens fitting is when the doctor
chooses and fits a contact lens for you based on your
prescription, eye shape, and visual needs.
Is a contact lens fitting covered by my
A portion of the contact lens fitting is
often covered by vision insurance when you choose to use your
vision benefits for contact lenses. Medical insurance will
sometimes cover a portion of a contact lens fitting for
medical eye conditions such as keratoconus or aphakia. As
always, it is recommended that you review your plan benefits
with your carrier.
What if i do not have vision insurance?
We welcome self pay patients in our
office. We strive to provide the best value for you and your
What's the difference between vision / medical
It is common to have both vision insurance
(for example VSP or GBA) and medical insurance (Medicare, Blue
Cross, or United Healthcare). They are very different in terms
of what they cover.
• Vision insurance typically covers a basic eye health
assessment and prescription for glasses annually. Many plans
help to pay for contact lens fitting and contact lenses or
glasses. Co-pays and amounts of coverage vary greatly from
plan to plan. This kind of plan does not cover assessment,
testing, and care for medical conditions.
• Medical insurance coverage should be used when the
doctor is assessing a medical condition that can affect your
eyes such as diabetes or hypertension. It is also used when
you have a medical eye problem or emergency like cataracts,
dry eyes, allergies, or infection. Medical co-pays and
deductibles apply in these cases.
The rules and procedures for how and when to use your
insurance are created by your insurance company. Our doctors
provide the care necessary based on your vision and eye health
needs. There is no way to know before an exam whether a
patient's blurry vision is due to simply to a need for glasses
or if it's caused by a medical condition like cataracts.
What insurance do you accept?
First, we recommend all patients with
insurance read about the difference between vision and medical
Vision Plans we accept:
VSP-Vision Service Plan,
Medical Insurance we accept:
United Health Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tricare, and more!
If the Medical Insurance you carry has a Vision Plan
associated to it, it is best to call the plan to find out what
the name of the Vision Plan is.
Please ask if you are unsure. Insurance is constantly
Do you accept "out of network" Vision Plans?
YES! You would pay for your portion of the
visit, then submit your receipt along with paperwork to your
Vision carrier. They will reimburse you with the Out of
What if I have an urgent eye problem?
Please call our office if you are
experiencing: Flashes or floaters, have something in your eye,
scratched your eye, have dry/itchy eyes, matted or swollen
eyes. If it is an immediate emergency, please call 911!